This season I started out buying the best HDTV of 2010, the 65" Panasonic VT25 (I almost took it back, but it transformed itself well as the phosphors aged).
The I decided time to upgrade to a 1.4 receiver with 3D pass thru. I was pleasantly surprised to find the $400 Samsung 700 receiver to have the best sound quality (those all new all-digital amps) and the best picture quality (guys their 1.4 chips offer higher fidelity).
I then purchased the Panasonic BT300. I extremely disappointed as the PQ was several notches down from the Oppo, with readily apparent inferior pixel processing algorithms. I made their darned good VT25 look unrefined, with skewed sour color too. Finally it caused audio dropouts only on my only 3D disc (Cloudy).
So now it was time to make one last attempt at Blu-ray 2D/3D, even though I own a Oppo 83SE. Home Theater magazine reviewed the Samsung 6800/6900 and reported excellent performance. Reviewer David Vaughn reports:
"I used the player continuously for weeks in my system, and its performance never left me wanting for my reference OPPO BDP-83. The Samsung’s 1080p/24 output matches the OPPO’s
, and whether I chose the internal decoding or bitstreamed the audio to my surround processor, the sound was very impressive."
But I was at Fry's and saw that several returned Samsung 6900 players. Not a good sign! Then at Costco I spied the 6800, for a good price with a good return policy. Beyond all reason I purchased it.
What a great decision, as Home Theater magazine got it wrong. Either that, or David is forbidden to report the whole truth, or my system must be better than theirs. I know it is: I'm just gloating!
I will report only
on the major finding with Blu-ray: the improved picture quality makes it seems as if you were there seeing it for yourself. In comparison the Oppo now looks a bit cooked and artificial. The Samsung is superior in every category that a consumer cares about.
Note: remember I used the new Samsung 700 receiver (with firmware upgrade) which offer better HDMI clarity. Ask yeself: Is HDMI 3D pass-thru passive or active?http://www.hometheatermag.com/3d-blu...ray_3d_player/